Associate Director, Communications

Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Annual Salary: $75,000
Schedule: 37.5 hours weekly (1.0 FTE) – regular working hours (approximately 9am-5pm, 5 days per week – flexible)
Start Date: February 16, 2023 (flexible)
End Date: While considered “permanent”, all positions are dependent on future funding
Location: Remote, within Canada
Language: Primary working language is English; French language skills are an asset. Other languages are always an asset.
Reports to: Director, Knowledge Exchange and Policy Development
Supervises: Manager, Marketing & Engagement; Content Strategist; Writer(s); Editor(s); French Content Editor
Application Deadline: Monday, January 30 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST
Status: Closed

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.

CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from queer, trans and non-binary people, Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2SLGBTQQIA+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. CBRC acknowledges that not everyone is able to publicly disclose these identities, and this role does not expect that employees will disclose in the course of their work.


The Associate Director, Communications leads the planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of CBRC's communications activities, deliverables, and strategies in fulfillment of the organization's mandate, strategic priorities, and funded deliverables. In collaboration with the Director, Knowledge Exchange and Policy Development, as well as other Program Directors and Managers, the position is responsible for the effective implementation and evaluation of communications activities across CBRC research, programming, and policy initiatives.

The Associate Director, Communications plays a key leadership role within the Communications, Knowledge Exchange, and Policy Development team, and provides strategic direction on the development and mobilization of content, resources, and events across CBRC. The position also fosters collaboration and integration across CBRC departments to identify and respond to communications opportunities, challenges, and priorities.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Oversees the development of CBRC communications campaigns (e.g. letter writing, research promotion), content (e.g. newsletter, social media), events (e.g. Summit, webinars), and publications/resources (e.g. infographics, reports, blog posts), including writing, design, review/consultation, editing, publishing, and dissemination.
  • Works with the Communications, Knowledge Exchange, and Policy Development Team, and other internal and external stakeholders to plan, develop, execute, and evaluate CBRC communications activities, deliverables, and strategies.
  • Establishes and oversees an editorial strategy, direction, process, and calendar (including setting themes/topics, identifying stories, conducting interviews and/or research)
  • Writes, edits, and produces content highlighting and/or reinforcing CBRC research, programming, and policy development initiatives.
  • In partnership with other Communications team members, develops and executes content development and marketing strategies and plans, and ensures effective monitoring and evaluation measures and processes are in place.
  • Manages media relations and engagement activities and strategies, including developing and maintaining media lists, coordinating press releases and pitches to targeted media stakeholders.
  • Supervises multiple employees.

Core Competencies

  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership or management experience in communications, public relations, or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including demonstrated professional skills and capacity as a writer and editor for print and digital content.
  • Excellent project management skills, and demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with diverse audiences and stakeholders (internal and external) in a communications-focused role.
  • Proficiency in project and office management software and platforms, including Microsoft Office, G-Suite, Zoom, Asana, or equivalent.

Other Competencies & Qualifications

  • Lived experience and understanding of queer and trans health issues and working with people with diverse sexualities and genders.
  • Experience working in digital communications and publishing platforms, including developing print and digital content for social media and websites.
  • Experience in visual design and production, and working with graphic/visual designers, artists, illustrators, videographers, and related professionals.
  • Experience working in media relations and public affairs, including media lists, story pitching, press releases, and public action campaigns (e.g. petitions, letter writing initiatives).
  • Experience working in knowledge translation, health, or science communications, and working with data and research.
  • Experience in a supervisory capacity to relevant staffing roles (e.g. designers, writers, communications officers).
  • Ability to work in French and additional languages (written and verbal proficiency).
  • Capacity to prioritize tasks and function under tight and/or competing deadlines.
  • Autonomous worker with an ability to adapt and work within a team setting.
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with partners from varying sectors including academic, government, and community agencies.
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills.


At CBRC, we recognize the value of a variety of educational experiences, including but not limited to academic, career-based, and personal learnings. No one’s application will be ignored due to having not met a formal educational threshold. However, an undergraduate degree/diploma in one of the following areas would be an asset:

  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Health Promotion
  • or related fields


  • Generous vacation time, personal days, and other leave policies
  • Extended health benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and Long-Term Disability
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Remote and hybrid work arrangement
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Kind and supportive team

How to Apply

Please email your application to Human Resources at [email protected] and put the job you are applying for in the subject line (Associate Director, Communications).

All applicants are required to provide a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of sample writing, design, and/or communications projects (minimum of 3 that include significant writing and/or design contributions from the applicant).


If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Associate Director, Communications to discuss alternative formats for submitting an application. Alternatively, you may call and leave us a voicemail (604-568-7478).

The deadline to apply for this position is Monday, January 30th at 5pm PST (8pm EST).

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About CBRC

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development.
Associate Director, Communications
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